Let’s be clear: a night security guard is among the most dangerous jobs in the Five Nights at Freddy’s universe. Unless you have no other options (or a death wish), there is just no reason to take such a dangerous job. That brings me to Fritz or Fritz Smith in full.
What’s his deal?
- He worked as a security guard at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza
- He worked for just one night
- He’s the 3rd night security guard to work at the restaurant
- He’s one of only two nightguards that never get a phone call during the game (the other one is Vanessa)
Like several other night security guards in FNAF, we never get to see Fritz. But if his termination letter is anything to go by, he isn’t the most hygienic guy around (more on this below in the Lore section).
So, the only things we know about Fritz’s appearance are:
- He’s a guy
- He’s unkempt and has a funky odor (according to his employers, anyway)
That’s about it.
Bottom Line Up Front
Fritz Smith is a night security guard whose story might not be central in the grand scheme of FNAF lore. But if you follow fan theories, his story suddenly becomes interesting as he could be Michael Afton, disguised so he can mess with his father’s homicidal animatronics.
Now, let’s learn this guy’s story.
Fritz’s story starts with another character: Jeremy Fitzgerald. Jeremy worked as a security guard at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza in November 1987. He worked the night shift from the 8th to the 13th and survived countless attempts by the animatronics to kill him.
Things became complicated when someone tampered with the animatronics during Jeremy’s fourth day on the job. This incident led to an investigation of the restaurant and possible closure. The next night, the whole restaurant was put on lockdown.
But on his last day, Jeremy was moved to the day shift. This move left an opening. It just so happened that Fritz was the one who filled that position.
Fritz worked for one night, which became intense because he had to face more animatronics than Jeremy did (including the Toy Animatronics). Fritz had to fend them off and survive until morning when the animatronics were less murderous.
Unlike his predecessor, though, Fritz didn’t receive any pointers from Phone Guy. But, despite that, he still made it.
But the thanks Fritz got from his employers was a termination notice, giving him two reasons for his firing. The first reason was Fritz’s “odor,” which should be understandable since defending oneself from murderous robots should make one sweat.
But the second reason is more interesting: Fritz allegedly tampered with the animatronics. If that’s true, he would have done that during the day or even earlier. This begs the question: was Fritz the one who messed with the robots when Jeremy was still working the night shift?
If this is the case, was he more than a mere down-on-his-luck guy who took any job he could find? There are rumors that Fritz is an alias for Michael Afton, William Afton’s son. So Michael probably took the job to mess with the animatronics and force the restaurant to close—which would mean no more kids murdered by William and his army of killer robots.
In FNAF 1, Michael Afton (likely disguised as Mike Schmidt) also lost his security guard job for the same reasons. Coincidence? I think not.
But we aren’t certain because there has been no mention of Fritz after he lost his job. However, if Fritz is Michael, this wasn’t his last attempt to infiltrate a Fazbear location.
Michael later became a technician at Circus Baby’s Entertainment and Rentals, which included Circus Baby’s Pizza World. Here, he encountered Circus Baby, who his sister’s soul possessed. But she betrayed Michael and used his body as a vessel for Ennard (gruesome stuff, but you can read all about it here).
Anyway, Michael eventually fulfilled his goal. He lured the remaining animatronics into Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza Place. His boss, Henry, then burned the pizzeria down. The animatronics were destroyed, and their souls were finally released.
Tragically, Michael was among the casualties.
Five Nights at Freddy’s 2
Fritz’s shift starts on Night 7, so you must first survive the other 6 Nights as Jeremy. But this is the Custom Night, and it can be a toughie. You change each animatronic’s AI system and make them more challenging or easier to face.
There are ten pre-set difficulties; for 9 of them, you will unlock a toy for surviving the night. But the Golden Freddy challenge (or the 10/20 mode) is the most unforgiving.
To beat this mode, you must be quick. Wind the music box until the music plays, then check the left and right vents and front hall. Wear the Freddy mask for a brief second before checking the camera. Wear the mask again after checking the camera, and see if one of the animatronics has entered the office.
If they haven’t, remove the mask and restart the process (checking the vents and hall). But if you have a sinister robot in the office with you, keep the mask on until it leaves. Maintain your flashlight batteries and if you see Foxy, shine the light at him several times. The Freddy mask won’t fool him, but the light will chase him away.
The Custom Night’s 10/20 mode will tire you out because you must keep focused the whole night. But once you beat it, you will earn a star. Then you will get the termination notice for messing with the animatronics and having a foul odor.
So, which animatronics do you face as Fritz?
Golden Freddy (but he pops up randomly)
Since Fritz is a security guard with a twist, I’ve chosen the counterparts below.
Jeremy is the guy Fritz replaces for the night shift. He’s a regular guy with a strong will to survive (he did live through six nights with those pesky robots, after all). Jeremy appears in FNAF 2, and he may be the victim of the bite of ’87. He worked in November 1987, and the incident probably happened when he moved to the day shift.
The victim of that bite survived, but they were bitten by an animatronic, So they were essentially braindead. If it’s Jeremy, this could explain why he doesn’t appear in future games. The closest thing to a mention is Phone Guy mentioning the bite of ’87 in FNAF 1.
Another security guard, Vanessa shares one thing in common with Fritz: they didn’t get a call from Phone Guy. Vanessa worked at Freddy Fazbear’s Mega Pizzaplex and appeared in two FNAF games: Security Breach and Special Delivery.
She worked at Fazbear Entertainment as a beta tester for the Freddy Fazbear Virtual Experience. But she encountered Glitchtrap, the digital ghost of William Afton. She tried to stop Glitchtrap but failed, and her mind became a prisoner to him. While under his influence, Vanessa wore a bunny costume and became Vanny: a killer who served Glitchtrap.
As I mentioned earlier, Fritz is probably Michael Afton in disguise.
He appears in a couple of games:
- Five Nights at Freddy’s 1
- Five Nights at Freddy’s 2
- Sister Location
- Five Nights at Freddy’s 4
- Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator
Since he’s appeared in so many games and is so important to the lore, I consider Michael as the main protagonist in FNAF. He tries numerous ways to stop his father, William Afton, and destroy the animatronics, so they don’t kill any more people.
Michael eventually succeeds, but he pays the ultimate cost: his life.
Question: Who is Fritz in FNAF?
Answer: Fritz Smith is a security guard who takes over the night shift from Jeremy Fitzgerald on Night 7 in FNAF 2. But there’s a rumor he could be William Afton’s son, Michael, in disguise.
Question: Is Fritz Smith Really Michael Afton?
Answer: It’s possible because Fritz Smith was fired for the same reason as Michael Afton after working at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza: he messed with the animatronics and had a foul odor.
Question: Is Fritz The Phone Guy?
Answer: While you might think that Fritz is Phone Guy because Phone Guy never calls him during his shift, I doubt that’s true. Phone Guy told Jeremy he would probably work the night shift again when Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza reopened. But the night before, he said that previous employees were not allowed back. So, it couldn’t be Phone Guy.
Question: How do you use studs on a horseshoe?
Answer: If you want to use studs, first, you must get your farrier to drill threaded holes in your horse’s shoes. Horseshoe studs have a threaded end which you screw into the shoe, first by hand, and then you tighten them with a stud wrench. You should only use studs for riding – put them on just before you start and remove them as soon as you finish. When you remove the stud, you must fill the stud holes with a stud plug or cotton wool to keep them clean and free of debris.
Fritz FNAF Guide: Conclusion
Fritz Smith worked for just one night, but he has an intriguing story. He probably took on the job to destroy the animatronics and free the poor children his dad had murdered. He had a tough time against the animatronics since they were at their most challenging on the Custom Night.
But I enjoyed playing as Fritz and the extra challenge this posed. If you’re looking for a hardcore FNAF experience outside Ultimate Custom Night, FNAF 2’s Custom Night is as challenging as they come.